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    July 4, 2005

    July 4, 2005

    This has been bogging my mind for so long, I wonder how we should read the date ?

    July the fourth two thousand and five OR

    July the four two thousand and five ?

    I know that we should read the former, but is it wrong to read as ( four ) ? Since it is just a number ( 4 ) instead of being written as ( 4th ).

    Second question is it is OK to write as July 4th, 2005, right ?

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    Re: July 4, 2005

    In the dialects of English that I hear (US) you can say July fourth. or the fourth of July. Anything else would be nonstandard, especially July the four.

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    Re: July 4, 2005

    Since it is supposed to read as July the fourth, then it is not wrong to write as ( July 4th, 2005 ), right ?

    So the omission of th is for convenience sake, I believe.

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    Re: July 4, 2005

    Actually, when I write dates within the context of a narrative, I always use the ordinal (th) number. I use the cardinal numbers when the date stands alone.

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